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Classic car show now rescheduled
Daimler Dart
The Daimler Dart is celebrating its 50th anniversary at this year's show

The UK's longest-running classic car show has been rescheduled after it was called off due to bad weather.

The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show (BCCS) will now be held at the Royal Bath and West Showground over the May Day bank holiday, 2-4 May 2009.

The BCCS, which was first held at the Bristol Exhibition Centre, will also be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The annual gathering of vintage and classic cars will feature pre-war collectibles to modern motors.

But where did it all begin?

Back in the late 1970s, event founder Nigel Stevens, was working in the exhibition industry.

There were plenty of successful classic car shows in London and Leeds, but there was nothing in the South West - even though the region has more cars per head than anyone in the UK.

So, in 1980, Mr Stevens opened the doors of the inaugural show at the old Bristol Exhibition Centre.

Imp Club display
Best Club Stand 2008, won by the Imp Club for their snow scene display
He said: "I remember using scaffolding to drive the cars up to the first floor. Anyway, this first event welcomed along around 5000 people, and we have never looked back."

The event turned into an annual show and it soon outgrew the venue.

Its current home, at the Royal Bath and West Showground, is nearly four-times the size and enables organisers to display more vehicles and clubs.

Some unique cars have graced the venue over the years, including the very first De Lorean, and an Hispano-Suiza, which took top honours in the USA.

Some clubs have shown cars at every one of the 30 shows and, according to Nigel, they are the reason the event is celebrating its landmark 30th anniversary.

2009 displays include:
Active restorations
Before and after
Bonnie and Clyde
Car ferry
Petrol prices over the years
A wedding day
There'll even be a 1960s emergency road scene complete with police car and ambulance

In 2009, two extra pavilions have been added, and pride of place will be the first unveiling of the original Volvo P1800 - the actual car driven by Roger Moore in hit series 'The Saint'.

Lovingly restored by the Volvo Enthusiasts Club, 71 DXC is the original car from the first series, and the only car from the 60s TV show on the road in the UK today.

In total, the show will feature 70 clubs displaying about 200 vehicles.

There will be practical demonstrations, while the trade and autojumble section features 250 stalls selling new and second-hand parts, tools, books and memorabilia.

For more information about the event, including tickets and exhibitor info, check out the Footman James 30th Bristol Classic Car Show website.


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